INTERPREP ★ JULY 18, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JULY 18, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• James Brolin (Macus Welby MD, Hotel) is 78

• Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandals is 77

• Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) is 57

• Talk-show host/actress Wendy Williams is 54

• Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious movies) is 51

• Kristen Bell (The Good Place, House of Lies) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1953: 18-year-old Elvis Presley recorded “My Happiness” at the Memphis Recording Service in Tennessee as a gift for his mother.

• 1969: After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drove his car off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.

• 1974: Though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo “no stress whatsoever,” they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine.

• 1976: In Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci collected the first perfect “10” ever recorded at the Olympic Games. At the ’76 Games, she would get six more perfect scores, three gold medals, and a silver and a bronze.

• 1984: Beverly Lynn Burns became first female Boeing 747 airline captain in the world.

• 1989: The U.S. issued patent #4,849,742 to Blake Warrington of Dublin, California, for his toilet seat alarm system, a device that sounds an alarm whenever a toilet seat is not lowered after the toilet is flushed.

• 1999: While looking for drugs in the trunk of a car in Lawrence, Kansas, police found Joe Staudt’s brain. A high school teacher in Coffeyville, Staudt had kept the brain in a large jar in his science classroom. It had disappeared a year earlier.

• 2003: Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge. During  the trial, the judge dropped the case when the prosecution said the defendant could no longer participate because her name and medical history had been released by mistake.

• 2013: Detroit filed for bankruptcy to become the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 billion.

• 2015: In an interview Donald Trump said Senator John McCain wasn’t a war hero. Trump said, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay, I hate to tell you.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Caviar Day

• Sour Candy Day

• Hot Dog Day

UPCOMING

• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

27.1: Parking spaces per household in Jackson, Wyoming. By comparison, Seattle has about 5.2 parking spaces per household (for a total of 1.6 million parking spaces).


NEWS ATTACK!

Johnny Depp and his former business managers have settled their lawsuits. [But can you honestly describe any aspect of Johnny Depp’s life as actually settled?]

The FDA is warning that certain dog foods may lead to heart trouble in your pet. [For example, Puppy Chow Candy-Coated Hot Dogs and Purina Double Bacon Burgers.]

A new study suggests that men may recover from the flu faster than women because their bodies contain a greater amount of a protein that helps recovery. [I thought it was because men with the flu stayed in the bed watching Netflix while women with the flu cooked, shopped, and did laundry.]

In Tennessee, an armored car crashed on the highway, spilling its cargo of coins. [Heads, the driver keeps his job. Tails, he learns never again to drive while holding hot coffee between his legs.]

They’re reviving Rugrats with a new version of the hit animation show. [The story is updated for the modern age. For example, a couple of decades have passed, the kids are all grown, married, divorced, and living back home with their parents.]

A kayaking tourist guide in British Columbia was forced to paddle for his life after a fast-swimming grizzly bear began charging him. [The only thing scarier than a shark is a hairy shark with claws.]

John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s pizza, says that he should have never resigned after using an offensive racial slur. [Yeah, he could have run for office.]

In Michigan, twin sisters are running against each other for county commissioner. [“Wait a second. I think I voted for the wrong one.”]

The Catholic Church is investigating reports that a statue of the Virgin Mary in New Mexico has begun weeping. [Apparently, she’s been keeping up with the news.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

JAPANESE CITY FACING A NINJA SHORTAGE _ Iga city in Japan is suffering from a shortage… of ninjas. The city, about 280 miles from Tokyo, claims to be the birthplace of the ninja. The mayor wants to boost tourism by drawing on the city’s ninja heritage. But there aren’t enough ninjas. The city sees around 30,000 tourists at its annual ninja festival but not enough people are interested in being a ninja.

… Part of the problem is that you don’t just “play” a ninja — you actually have to go through ninja training. And the pay’s pretty good. Salaries are in the $23,000 to $85,000 range.

WOMAN COVERED ‘HEAD TO TOE’ WITH BEES AFTER ATTACK _ A California cleaning woman was left clinging to life after she was attacked by a large swarm of bees that covered her from head to toe in an attack so severe, rescuers skipped protocol during their response. The woman, who is in her mid-50s, was stung hundreds of times by the large swarm outside a Southern California home. First responders did not put on protective gear before grabbing a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher and using it on the bees. A few firefighters were stung in the process, including two who were hospitalized.

VERIZON STOPS ACTIVATING 3G PHONES _ Verizon is no longer activating phones that aren’t 4G LTE-capable. Verizon says,”For several years we’ve been been publicly saying that our 3G CDMA network will remain available through the end of 2019. Virtually all traffic on our network is on our 4G LTE network. To facilitate a smooth transition to 4G LTE-capable products and services, we are no longer allowing devices that are not 4G LTE-capable to be activated on our network.”

… Many flip-phone owners are content with 3G since there’s not a lot of web surfing and Facebooking on that type of phone. But Verizon started selling its first LTE-only flip phones last year as a way to lure customers away from the 3G network.

… By the way, the international organization that oversees cellular standards has approved a standalone 5G specification, which Verizon and others are already gearing up for.

AMAZON IS SELLING A $2,630.52 USED PAPERBACK _ While poking around on Amazon.com, author Deborah Macgillivray noticed a used copy of her book was available for sale. This is not so unusual, except this copy was being sold for $2,630.52. Since other copies of the 2009 book were being sold elsewhere on Amazon for as little as 99 cents, she was perplexed. She noted that her blog had gotten an explosion in traffic from Russia and commented: “Maybe Russian hackers do this in their spare time, making money on the side.”

MAN WHO WALKED 20 MILES TO WORK GIVEN BOSS’ CAR _ An Alabama man who was willing to walk all night to be on time for his first day of work went viral — and earned him a car. The employee’s name is Walter Carr and he works for Bellhops, a moving company. Police spotted Walter after he was four hours into his trek to work — a distance of at least 14 miles. Police picked him up and took him to breakfast. After learning that his car had broken down the night before and that he had been walking since midnight, the officers gave him a ride to the home where he was supposed to help other movers load a truck. When the homeowner was told by the police what Walter did to get to work she shared it on social media.

… After hearing about Walter’s inspiring journey to work, the CEO of Bellhops decided to surprise him with a gift. On Monday, CEO Luke Marklin gifted Walter his 2014 Ford Escape.

… Had Walter not been helped by police he would’ve had to walk 7 hours to get to his first job on his first day of work!

… The homeowner set up a GoFundMe for Walter, who moved to Alabama after he lost his home in Texas

PET OWNERS MAKE BIG CONCESSIONS WHEN IT COMES TO VACATION _ Half of America’s pet owners (49 percent) have never traveled outside of the country since owning their pet. In a study, one in two owners feel their international travel has been halted, and about a third will alter their travel plans because of their beloved pets and prefer to travel only within the country.

… The main reason pet owners struggle to travel is often the guilt associated when traveling without their pet. Sixty-eight percent felt especially guilty when they leave their pets behind. Not surprising when 84 percent in the survey admitted to seeing their beloved pet on equal terms as a family member.

… Pet owners experience fewer social events than those who don’t own a pet. The average pet owner misses out on 30 social events a year.

MAN IN DISNEY WORLD WAVE POOL HAS HEART ATTACK _ A 70-year-old man with a pre-existing heart condition died after having a heart attack while in a wave pool at Walt Disney World. The man was at a wave pool at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park last month when he had the heart attack.

… His death was part of a regular report about park guests at Disney properties. Like a 43-year-old man on the Mission: Space ride at Epcot who briefly lost consciousness, and a 27-year-old woman who went into labor after going on a bumpy safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

TODDLER GOT LOCKED IN A SPINNING WASHING MACHINE _ A Colorado mom is warning others after she recently found her young daughter trapped inside a running washing machine. The couple recently purchased an LG front-loading washing machine and 3-year-old Kloe got trapped inside. Mom says it happened after the washing machine was recently hooked up and Kloe’s older siblings were curiously checking it out. Kloe crawled inside and a sibling shut the door, began pressing buttons, and the machine started. Fortunately as soon as it began agitating, one of the kids found mom and there wasn’t a lot of water in the machine yet.

FAMILY LETS CHILD TAKE WAITRESS’ TIP, GETS SHAMED ON FACEBOOK _ A family of four visited Our Place Restaurant in Mansfield, Texas, for breakfast. As the hostess seated the couple with their children, the waitress spotted a tip on their table left by the previous customers. The waitress didn’t want to bother them, so she let them take their seats and get settled before coming back for the cash. But when the waitress returned to the table to retrieve the tip and greet her new customers, the money was gone. Later that day, the waitress and the owner of Our Place Restaurant scrolled through the surveillance tapes and discovered what had happened. The footage showed one of the children picking up the $5 tip meant for the server and showing it to her parents before slipping it under her menu. Meanwhile, her parents seemed to notice her sneaky plan but did nothing to stop her.

… The restaurant’s owner decided to serve up some justice without getting the cops involved. He posted the surveillance footage to Facebook and “outed” the family, hoping they would return to right the wrong.

… Within hours of posting the video to Facebook, the owner says the girl’s mother was back with the money. He said, “Our rule is if you make it right, we delete our post off Facebook.” The restaurant has called out customers before, who’ve left without paying.

ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER 12 NEW MOONS AROUND JUPITER _ Jupiter is the largest planet with the largest moon in our solar system. The fifth planet from the Sun also boasts the most moons — and scientists just raised the count to 79. A team of astronomers Science confirmed the existence of 12 additional moons of Jupiter.

… The moons were first observed in the spring of 2017 but several additional observations were needed to confirm that the celestial bodies were in fact orbiting around Jupiter.

A LOW-TECH MOSQUITO DETERRENT _ Mosquitoes suck. They suck the life out of a barbecue, they suck your blood. But there may be a low-tech solution to keeping mosquitoes away: fans. In a small setting, try setting an oscillating fan about 12 inches off the ground where you’re having your back yard gathering. The fan will send a gentle breeze across your party and should knock back some of the biters.

… According to the American Mosquito Control Association mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers, so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution. The group says mosquitoes fly slowly — from roughly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, depending on the species.

WORLD’S OLDEST BREAD FOUND AT PREHISTORIC SITE IN JORDAN _ Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have shown researchers that people began making bread before they developed agriculture. The discovery shows that hunter-gatherers achieved the cultural milestone of bread-making far earlier than previously known, more than 4,000 years before plant cultivation took root.

BRAIN EXERCISE BENEFITS AT ANY AGE _ A book a day may keep dementia away. Even if you read it as a kid. Because a study finds that exercising the brain, at any age, may preserve memory. Researchers questioned nearly 300 elderly individuals about their lifelong participation in intellectual pursuits — like reading books, writing letters and looking things up in the library. Then, every year, for an average of six years until they died, the subjects took tests to measure their memory and thinking. What the researchers found is that folks who worked their mental muscles, both early and late in life, remained more intellectually limber than those who didn’t.

ICE CREAM HEADACHES _ If you’ve ever wondered, ice cream headaches are triggered by the sudden change in temperature as the ice cream touches the top of your mouth and initiates a nerve reaction that swells blood vessels in your head. The nerve center on the roof of your mouth overreacts to the cold temperature and tries to ‘heat’ your brain. This swelling of the blood vessels is what is more commonly known as a “brain freeze”. Luckily the intense stabbing pain in your head usually lasts only for about 30-60 seconds. TIP: The best way to avoid getting an “ice cream headache” is keep the ice cream on the side of your mouth, away from the roof of your mouth.

SURFING OR SEX? _ According to a survey conducted by a surfing magazine, most surfers prefer surfing to sex. The survey found that 67% said they enjoyed surfing more than sex. Also, 93% admitted to urinating in their wetsuits.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WOMAN SNEAKING BAGS OF PASTA INTO THE MOVIE THEATER _ From the popcorn and the fountain drinks, to the air-conditioned recliner seats, the movie-going experience is pretty great from start to finish. One ambitious movie-goer, however, may have just come up with the best way to upgrade it. According to BuzzFeed her way to make movies even better: bringing her own pasta. Her reason: Her boyfriend didn’t want her to eat popcorn for dinner, so they brought a couple of bags of spaghetti. • IMAGE


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CYCLIST FALLS INTO DRAW BRIDGE OPENING _ In Wisconsin (Menasha) a guy on a bicycle went through some warning gates used to stop traffic and drove onto a draw bridge as it was slowing opening. The bridge was rising to the open position to let boat traffic pass. The cyclist got to wear the bridge and road separates — and disappeared. A little over a minute passed before drivers stopped on the bridge realized what happened and rush to the woman’s rescue. She got some facial injuries but otherwise is okay. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WALMART FORCED TO SHUT DOWN BY RACCOONS _ A Walmart in Covington, Tennessee, was forced to shut down after it was invaded. Not by zombies. Not by a weirdo dance flashmob. By raccoons! There were initially three raccoons in the store, wandering around. Two were forced out of the store through the loading dock area but a third was harder to kick out, so the Walmart had to be shut down till it was removed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNEEZE GIVES HIM AWAY _ In Canada, a guy hijacked a car, outran police, dumped the car and huddled silently in a field of tall grass. And then? Well, according to cops, “And then we heard him sneeze.” Police found the suspect lying in the grass and “holding his nose so that he wouldn’t sneeze again.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARSONIST ROBBER FORGETS TO ROB _ In Louisiana a guy had plans to rob a convenience store and then set fire to the place to destroy any evidence. He burst into the store and took three people hostage for a brief time before deciding it was time to torch the place. He let the hostages go, set the fire and made his getaway. Only one thing was missing from his plan. In the heat of the moment, he forgot to rob the hostages or take any money from the store. Realizing that things just weren’t working out for him, he turned himself in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GRANDMA BEATS BACK ROBBERS _ In Britain, armed with claw hammers, two hooded youths walk into a convenience store for an early morning robbery. But they hadn’t reckoned on bumping into the store’s assistant manager, who brushed away their violent crime using a broom. The 55-year-old grandmother grabbed her weapon of choice and battered the duo into submission, forcing them to flee empty-handed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LIGHTNING STRIKE TAKES OUT DINING TABLE _ The occupants of an apartment in Latvia escaped unscathed when lightning struck their home. Sadly their dining table didn’t survive. Somehow the lightning entered through a vent and stuck the glass top of the table, shattering it to bits.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK WOMAN FELT AWESOME _ After a sheriff’s sergeant stopped a woman after nearly causing a crash, he asked her how she was doing. The woman told the sergeant, “I’m awesome.” She smelled of booze, ad bloodshot eyes, and when asked her address replied, “53”.


ON TELEVISION

THE 2018 ESPYS (8p ET, ABC) — This annual awards event, which celebrates the best sports moments of the year, is hosted by Danica Patrick. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be presented to the female gymnasts who came forward with sexual-abuse allegations against the U.S. team’s former doctor.

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The contestants get a mystery box filled with fresh seafood.

GIRL GOT GAME (8p ET, CW ) — This new documentary looks at one of the few all-female teams in eSports, as they prepare for a major competition in Poland.

TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT (9p ET, CBS) — New

WORLD OF DANCE (9p ET, NBC ) — Repeat

GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (9p ET, FOX) — New. Gordon tries to transform a family-owned Mexican restaurant in L.A.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: SUITS (9p ET, USA) — The 8th season will be without original cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, but will see Katherine Heigl joining the cast.

SERIES FINALE: CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — The show has been cancelled after 3 seasons.

REVERIE (10p ET, NBC) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

DWYANE JOHNSON CRITICIZED BY AMPUTEE _ Just days after Scarlett Johansson bowed to social media pressure and pulled out of a movie in which she was to play a transgender character, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has picked up some heat. Johnson was criticized by an amputee actress for playing an amputee in his latest movie Skyscraper. Actress Katy Sullivan — a Paralympian and “a double above-the-knee amputee from birth” — put it to Johnson plainly in an open letter she wrote to him for Deadline: “My request is for you to stop saying ‘Yes’ to roles like the one in that movie.”

… Sullivan cited a study which found that in last year’s TV season, fewer than two percent of characters were written to have a disability — and of those characters, 95 percent of the roles “were filled with able-bodied actors.” And “While I am thrilled that a film about a kick-ass veteran and father (who is a unilateral below-the-knee amputee) got greenlit in the first place, the problem is this perpetuates the fact that we’re not given the agency to tell our own stories.”

WALMART IS REPORTEDLY PLANNING A VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE _ Walmart is battling Amazon in online retail, groceries, and home delivery. It may be going to war with video streaming. Walmart already owns Vudu, a video-on-demand platform for Hollywood movies and TV, but it’s reportedly contemplating developing its own programming and offering it for less than $8, undercutting Netflix and Amazon.

… The retail giant would also be going up against other internet-TV companies like Hulu, AT&T’s Audience, HBO, Disney and Apple.

THE DARK KNIGHT IS TEN AUDIO  Ten years ago today (July 18) the sequel to Batman Begins hit theaters. The Dark Knight is considered by many to be one of the best superhero movies ever made, and Heath Ledger’s take on The Joker was universally praised. Unfortunately, Heath died of cardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication six months before the film was released.

… The Dark Knight appeared on more critics’ top ten lists than any other film of 2008 with the exception of WALL-E, and more critics named The Dark Knight the best film released that year. It would go on to make over $1 billion in revenue worldwide.

LAW & ORDER: SVU SIGNS DYLAN WALSH FOR SEASON 20 RECURRING ROLE _ TV veteran Dylan Walsh has signed on to NBC’s Law & Order: SVU as a recurring guest role in the upcoming Season 20. Walsh will play John Conway, a “self-made man and major beverage distributor who is respected by his community and looked up to by his children.”

… Walsh is best known for his starring roles on FX’s Nip/Tuck and CBS’ Unforgettable.

PAUL WALKER DOC COMING NEXT MONTH _ Paramount Network will air a documentary celebrating the life of the late Paul Walker on August 11. I Am Paul Walker features family footage and interviews with Walker’s family and friends including Fast and Furious franchise co-star Tyrese Gibson and director Rob Cohen.

THERE’S A FUNNY GOFUNDME FOR KYLIE JENNER _ For those upset that Kylie Jenner is not yet a billionaire, take heart — a meme guy from social media has got you. Comedian Josh Ostrovsky has started a GoFundMe page to raise the remaining $100 million that will catapult the youngest of the Jenner/Kardashian siblings into the billionaire stratosphere. Jenner appears on the current issue of Forbes, which named the 20-year-old as the youngest person ever to appear on its annual rankings of America’s “self-made” women. The publication estimated the lip kit mogul’s worth at about $900 million. Ostrovsky wrote: “Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking.” So he launched the Let’s Get Kylie to a Billion GoFundMe page.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of July 9-15.

  1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.55 million
  2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.3 million
  3. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.41 million
  4. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), 5.98 million
  5. World of Dance, NBC, 5.89 million
  6. Little Big Shots, NBC, 5.84 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 5.83 million
  8. Hannity (Monday), Fox News, 5.82 million
  9. Code Black, CBS, 5.72 million
  10. The Bachelorette, ABC, 5.69 million
  11. NCIS, CBS, 5.57 million
  12. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 5.44 million
  13. Young Sheldon, CBS, 5.41 million
  14. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.32 million
  15. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 5.19 million
  16. The $100,000 Pyramid, ABC, 5.17 million
  17. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5 million
  18. America’s Funniest Home Videos, ABC, 4.58 million
  19. Blue Bloods, CBS, 4.39 million
  20. Bull, CBS, 4.33 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

PHONER: Smells offensive only to you. – 6 real callers

DROP: Today has shaken me to my core.

DROP: I don’t know if this will be educational.


BITS & BREAKS

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #SweatySongs

• All My Ex’s Sweat in Texas

• You’ve Got Sweaty Davis Eyes

• We Didn’t Start The Perspire

• Sweat Emotion

• Highway to Smell

• Uptown Stunk

PHONER / FACEBOOK TOPIC

From Mike in InterPrep PROshare:

“What’s the strangest thing you found at a yard sale?” (We got loaded shotgun, condoms, and a guy that said, “My wife!” He married her 8 months later.)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING THE WORLD ISN’T READY FOR?

This question was asked on Reddit. Some of the responses:

• Flying cars. Sorry guys, cars would be falling from the sky left and right. People can barely drive on the ground.

• Confirmation of intelligent extraterrestrial life. We can’t even accept people of our own species who are of different race or religion. How could we accept beings from another planet?

• Portals, or other teleportation devices. On the surface, they sound great: “Hey, let’s go to Paris for dinner tonight!” But the reality is that they would create chaos and mayhem. You’d have roving bands of Somali pirates kidnapping your pets to earn cigarette money. Jehovah’s Witnesses would put a portal on every corner and be able to cover 100 times as much ground. Beautiful, pristine, remote locations would be littered with Tootsie Roll wrappers. There’d be a Taco Bell and two Starbucks at the top of Mt. Everest.

• Sharknado 6


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: While around 290 million of these are discarded in the United States each year, over 80% are reused or recycled in some way. (Tires)

TRIVIA: When we throw away unused food, potatoes and bread are tossed the most. What’s third? (Apples)

TRIVIA: The lifespan of one of these averages 18 months. (Dollar bill)

CELEBRITY SUPER HERO

Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters. Ant-Man is played by Paul Rudd, the Wasp played by Evangeline Lilly. I’ll name an actor, you tell me the super hero they’re famous for playing.

Note: Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday is July 19 so you could also launch the game that way.

• Ben Affleck (Batman or Daredevil)

• Christian Bale (Batman)

• Michael Keaton (Batman)

• Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)

• Toby Maguire (Spider-Man)

• Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)

• Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)

• Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)

• Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk)

• Halle Berry (Catwoman)

• Christopher Reeve (Superman)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Not what an airbag is for.

https://youtu.be/63fqrIG-4p8


DATEBOOK: JULY 19, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Brian May of Queen is 71

• Anthony Edwards (ER) is 56

• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Strange in Marvel movies) is 42

• TV Chef Marcela Valladolid is 40

• Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) is 38

• Jared Padalecki (Supernatural, Gilmore Girls) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1954: Elvis Presley’s first single was released by Sun Records. It was That’s All Right (Mama) backed by Blue Moon of Kentucky.

• 1969: Apollo 11 and its astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin ”Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins went into orbit around the moon.

• 1980: The Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

• 1984: Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party’s convention in San Francisco.

• 1985: Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.

• 1990: Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.

• 1992: Paul Lynch set a new world record in London by doing 40,401 pushups in 24 hours.

• 2003: A 42-year-old Austrian man received the world’s first transplanted tongue. During the 14-hour surgery, doctors removed a malignant tumor and successfully attached the new tongue.

• 2008: A man charged with murder escaped from a Texas jail by climbing through an air conditioner vent. The vent was less than a foot wide, and authorities said Darryl Layne Norris had been losing weight since arriving at the jail three months earlier.

• 2013: A 29-year-old man wearing motorcycle goggles was spotted rolling through a Seattle neighborhood in an office chair, holding a set of drumsticks, a hubcap tied to his arm, wearing several scarves, and concealing a 12-inch crowbar. He told cops he was “late for a gig,” spit at the officers, tried to roll into traffic, then fell out of the chair.

• 2017: US Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer.

• 2017 Depacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee became the most streamed song ever, played 4.6 billion times.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• Daiquiri Day

UPCOMING

• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday